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Favorite thing: The Green Point you can walk today is a result of a protracted battle over nearly 70 years that commenced when 400 hectares was at stake. In the end, 152 hectares were set aside as Green Point Foreshore Reserve after protracted negotiations with a developer who wanted to set up a major tourist complex and marina but ultimately was conceded 66 hectares for residential development only.

There are three main walking access points into the reserve: the end of Dilkera Avenue at Valentine, The Shores Way at Belmont and Green Point Drive behind Belmont Hospital.

Fondest memory: So you can walk one of the variety of walks, my favourite being the one along the foreshore. There?s also a bike track that takes you through the easterly section of the park on a concrete shared path.
The amount of wildlife is perhaps surprising considering the reserve?s proximity to housing and relatively small area but there?s definitely no shortage of birds, one of which I?ve been fortunate enough to see and that is the powerful owl. This predator is at the top end of the tree and feeds on possums and smaller creatures. It?s a large impressive bird and appropriately named.
I?ve also spied the scarlet honeyeater, lewin?s honeyeater, silvereye, red browed finch, numerous parrots, chestnut teal, magpies, mynahs, whip birds and others I?ve forgotten.
The bushland at Green Point features much native flora and fauna, adding interest to the walk. The flora includes open forests of Spotted Gum, Grey Gum, White Mahogany and Forest Red Gum. There is also remnant Littoral Rainforests. These areas provide habitat for native fauna including the Ring-tail Possum, Squirrel Glider and Sea Eagle. All this is easily encountered on the established walking trails throughout the reserve and improved access to the rainforest by a constructed boardwalk to preserve the area for the future.

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  • Written Sep 25, 2011
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